Observing the Sabbath

Isaac Kebe, Junior at Ohio State

“Be still and know that I am God” (Psalm 46:10)

This scripture passage has surfaced in my life since the start of Fall Semester 2015, a seemingly essential phrase for me, a college student, to hear. Stressful decisions impact my future, my job prospects, and, most importantly, my relationship with the Lord.

Our culture dictates our lives, but I have taken a different approach to my weekends.  Our culture demands me present at all times and working every day, but some of my best friends and I decide to live differently. Many of us live in the Saint Paul’s Outreach Household, praying together, eating together, and spending our free time together. Most importantly, however, we strive to rest together: we observe the Sabbath.

But what does observing the Sabbath mean for a student who lives for the Lord? In Scripture, Jesus says, “The Sabbath was made for man, not man for the Sabbath” (Mark 2:27). Though respecting the Sabbath looks different for everyone, this verse means I do everything in my power to avoid working on Sunday, a practice essential for us to rest and to give God the glory we owe Him. I work diligently and effectively during the week to limit work on Sunday, which consists ideally of going to mass, praying, spending time with friends, and reading—but not working. People will know I am Christian by the way I live my life and spend my time: I keep my relationship with the Lord first.

Respecting the Sabbath has changed my life, enabling me to act intentionally with my time. Because I engage my time better, everything I do receives the full extent of my attention. Respecting the Lord’s Day is integral to remembering I am made for eternal life.  When I respect Sunday, I remember to “not conform to this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind” (Romans 12:2). Taking time and respecting this day has given me an opportunity to have space and quietness, two of the most essential attributes for me to hear the Lord speak into my life in a profound way.

Respecting Sunday is one way in which the men and women of Saint Paul’s Outreach strive to live our lives. I encourage us to remember the Lord’s call to rest and to honor Him on the Sabbath. I want others to know that we are Christian, not only by the way we love each other but by the way we spend our time.

Isaac is a junior at The Ohio State University studying Economics. He loves anything concerning competition and will always try to win. He is passionate about bringing other men to know the Lord. He hopes others remember him as a loyal friend.